On the Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

by DSA-LA Electoral Committee, Aug. 12, 2021 On September 14, voters will decide whether to remove Gavin Newsom as governor. As socialists, we are no fans of Gov. Newsom. We'd much prefer the option of replacing him with a socialist. However, this isn't the election we're faced with. Instead, we’re looking at a fascist, reactionary, capitalist rebellion against the belief that government has any responsibility or right to improve living conditions. Newsom getting replaced by a Republican would be deleterious to our mission, and would destroy momentum [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal on the (Crocodile) Tears of Empire

The Tears of Empire © 8/2021 by Mumia Abu-Jamal With the dramatic fall of Kabul, through the forces of the Taliban, the alligator tears of the political class are falling. Decrying the costs of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. What has been thoroughly forgotten, however, is the unprecedented mass protests of February, 2003, before the [Iraq] war began. When the earth shook with antiwar, fervor and countries across the globe. Then-president George W. Bush would ignore these protests as a mere focus group, his words, focus. In the [...]

Victory for Democracy and Diversity at Pacifica

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA      The outcome of the recent Bylaws referendum at Pacifica, allowing the Local Station Board elections of listener and staff delegates to go forward, is a victory for democracy, diversity, accountability and a commitment to mission-driven, community-based radio.       The New Day bylaws change, according to the same rules that governed the previous Bylaws referendum, in accordance not just with Pacifica's existing Bylaws, but with the California Corporations Code governing non-profit membership organizations, required the separate approval of two classes of members -- [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out on Democracy at Pacifica: “Vote NO!” on Bylaws Revision

Given the history of Pacifica, Pacifica you know was founded for a specific purpose and it was to create something that was really quite remarkable in its time, and as we see, in today's time: to resist the corporatization of radio, and to give the freest expression for the people, a kind of radio democracy. And anything that challenges that, of course I and many people who think along those lines, would have to oppose it. So I would say if you're thinking about keeping Pacifica, as [...]

Which Way KPFK? Neo-Liberal “Professionalism” or Free Speech Community Radio?

Which Way KPFK? by Michael Novick, KPFK Local Station Board chair Listener-sponsored, free-speech community radio for southern California, Pacifica Foundation's KPFK 90.7 FM is currently in the midst of another fund drive. Even more critically, the station and the rest of the Foundation's stations face a fundamental choice, as a Bylaws revision comes up for a membership vote beginning on June 7. (You must have become a member during the year ending April 7 in order to qualify to vote.) The replacement Bylaws would strip any local [...]

April 7 Deadline to Qualify to Vote – Democracy & Diversity in Danger at KPFK/Pacifica Radio!

April 7 Deadline to Qualify to Vote Democracy & Diversity in Danger at KPFK/Pacifica Radio! by Pacifica Fightback https://pacificafightback.org The folks who illegally shut down Pacifica station WBAI in NYC in 2019, and who were behind the "Pacifica Restructuring Project" (PRP) Bylaws replacement that was roundly rejected by a 2:1 margin by both listener and staff members in March 2020, are back again, calling themselves "New Day Pacifica", with a new plan to rule or ruin Pacifica. For more details, see https://pacificafightback.org. They are trying to use [...]

Stop the Take-Over! Fight for Democracy & Diversity at Pacifica Radio!

Virtual National Membership Rally Sat. March 27, 12 noon PDT The folks who illegally shut down WBAI in 2019 and were behind the "Pacifica Restructuring Project" (PRP) Bylaws replacement that was roundly rejected by 2:1 margin in March 2020, are back again, calling themselves "New Day Pacifica", with a new plan to rule or ruin Pacifica. For more details, see https://pacificafightback.org. They are trying to use financial concerns and red-baiting to scare you into signing away your democratic rights with a new set of Bylaws that would [...]

The Envoy on Antisemitism, the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, the ADL and Me

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA Rumor has it that Joe Biden is considering naming Abe Foxman, former head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as his new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position within the State Department that falls under the Under-Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. This focused my attention both on the purpose of the office, which is related to US foreign policy, explaining why it’s an “envoy” (someone being sent elsewhere) and also on the ongoing controversy over the IHRA [...]

Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing “Iranian-backed militias” who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are actually involved in fighting ISIS? If this is about getting more leverage vis-a-vis Iran, why hasn’t the Biden administration just done what it said it would do: rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: The American Way of Fascism

THE AMERICAN WAY OF FASCISM [col. Writ. 1/30/21 (c) ’21 Mumia Abu-Jamal]   Look at the crowds savaging the walls and halls of the U.S. Capitol. Who are they? Where did this mob come from? Well over a decade ago, an American journalist saw them and wrote about them. Chris Hedges, who once wrote for the New York Times as foreign correspondent covering wars, famine and fallen states, published a rather remarkable book in 2006 entitled American Fascists.  Its subtitle? : The Christian Right and the War [...]

More than 500,000 people in the US have died of COVID-19

Life expectancy in the US has fallen by a year in the past year. Half a million dead of COVID-19   Just for comparison, here's the population of some cities you may know, or live in.   Fresno      California 531,576 Mesa  Arizona    518,012 Sacramento  California 513,624 Atlanta     Georgia    506,811 Kansas City Missouri   495,327 Colorado Springs  Colorado   478,221 Omaha Nebraska   478,192 Raleigh     North Carolina   474,069 Miami Florida    467,963 Long Beach  California 462,628 Virginia Beach Virginia   449,974 Oakland     California 433,031 Minneapolis Minnesota  429,606

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Don’t Let Them Use “Domestic Terrorism” to Criminalize Our People Again

Senator Biden speaks at the signing of the 1994 Biden Crime Bill as Attorney General Janet Reno, President Bill Clinton, and local law enforcement officials look on. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) By Shakeer Rahman, Pete White, and Hamid Khan Joe Biden returning to power in this moment is ominous. As Democrats retake the presidency, Trump devotees have shown they can supplement their harm toward Black and brown people with violent defiance of the political system. Across the mainstream partisan spectrum, their actions are begrudgingly referred to as “domestic [...]

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